What’s the Walter Duranty Prize you may ask? Have you heard of the Pulitzer prize? You have? Good. Well the Duranty prize is the opposite of the Pulitzer prize.
We have the Oscars for good films, and the Golden Rasperberries & Rotten Tomatoes for the crap films. So it’s only fair that both good and bad journalism are noted. The Pulitzer prize is for outstanding journalism. The Duranty prize will be for journalistic mendacity.
Why is called the Walter Duranty Prize? Well Walter was journalist who wrote for the New York Times in the 1920s and 1930s. He whitewashed Joseph Stalin’s forced mass starvation of the Ukrainians (the Holodomor). For this and other work he got the Pulitzer prize. Even after the truth was found out, the prize has not been revoked and his photo still remains on the wall of the NYT’s offices. Though the NYT has acknowledged that his articles constituted “some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper.”
Who is handling the prize? PJ Media along with The New Criterion are the ones organising the competition. They are American media organisations on the right politically and are primarily looking at American journalists, but I think they would be happy to get candidates from all over the world.
Why I have highlighted this tiny inconsequential prize competition? Well it is only just starting out. This will be it’s first year. I heard about it from WUWT where they are nominating Dr Peter Gleick of fakegate fame. But I think Johann Hari should be nominated as he is more deserving of the prize. Gleick only did one bad article, Hari has made a career out of bad journalism.
The first annual Duranty Prize will be given for the most egregious example of dishonest reporting for the fiscal year 2011-2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012).
PJ Media will be officially accepting nominations starting May 1, 2012, at Duranty@pjmedia.com (but if you want to go ahead now, no one’s going to stop you – the email address is functioning).
A Duranty Prize Committee of seven journalists and writers will then sift the nominations and decide the winner (or winners) to be announced at a ceremony in New York in the autumn.
Committee members are: Peter Collier, Roger Kimball, Cliff May, Ron Radosh, Glenn Reynolds, Claudia Rosett, and Roger L. Simon.
The intention of this award is to highlight the continuing extreme bias and misreporting of our media. Nominations are welcome in text and video forms, in print or on the web. The committee would appreciate an Internet link with your nomination.
Since this is a new prize the committee also solicits your suggestions on how we should carry on our work and any other suggestions regarding the Walter Duranty Prize in the comments section of the announcement. You are free to put your nominations in the comments section as well, but in order for them to count, please remember to send them to Duranty@pjmedia.com.
Remember send your nominee’s name and a link to an article of their’s to Duranty@pjmedia.com.